Friday, August 29, 2014

Preschool for Oliver

We went to Oliver's preschool on Thursday to meet his new teacher.  

We got to find his cubby, play with some trains and puzzles and play on the playground a little bit.  

We were sad that Madeline's preschool teacher from a few years ago is no longer teaching at this preschool.  But, I think Mrs. Hanus will be great.  
School starts on Tuesday.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

First Day of School

We started first grade yesterday.  It is really weird that I have a first grader.  But, Madeline just keeps growing up and she is such a joy to be around.

Here is a little flashback to this day last year when she was starting Kindergarten.  I liked my flowers way better.  I'll have to remember that next spring.   

Lucy and Eloise were still sleeping.  Since I didn't have to wake them up to get Madeline to school, I just let them sleep.  Oliver was excited about Madeline's first day of school too.  

 He helped take pictures as well.  

Then Madeline took a few too.  Oliver is not going into first grade.  He will be starting preschool next week.  

We started our day with Bible time and breakfast.  Then we had calendar time, read some history, practiced handwriting and did some writing about our summer.

We learned about open and closed syllables.  

We had snacks and tried to keep Eloise occupied with snacks.  

Oliver did calendar time and a little handwriting practice with us.  But, soon lost his enthusiasm for first grade.   He and Lucy went off to play some elaborate cars game in the other room.  

We ended our day with Mad Minute and our first math lesson.  

Then Madeline said, "That was really long."  I told her that if she was at school, she would just now be going to lunch.  She gave me a big hug and said, "Thanks for homeschooling me mommy."  So, despite having to grab Eloise off the stairs several times and the trail of snacks left around the floor, I think we had a fantastic first day of school.  

Monday, August 25, 2014

Getting Ready for School

Well, we decided to take the plunge and give homeschooling a try.  We were not unhappy with Madeline's public school experience at all.  In fact, we loved her school and teacher.  But, for many other reasons and promptings in our hearts, we are choosing to do first grade at home.  And I am so excited.  We wanted to make a special place for schooling.  So, thanks to IKEA and a little child labor, we have a great room to work in.  

Andrew is mad at me because we used to own a giant glowing globe.  But, I made him get rid of it when we lived in our condo.  There just wasn't room for it.  So, he lucked out when he searched on craigslist for a globe and found this glowing beauty. And it is a much more manageable size. 

 Andrew has also been looking for a way to get his fish tanks back in the house since we moved here.  And we both thought the homeschooling room would be the perfect spot.  Even Eloise can say "fish" now.  It adds the perfect touch to our science center, right next to the microscope.   (Which, thankfully, gets the microscope out of the kitchen.  yipee!)     
I think we are all set for school now.